PARADISE VALLEY ARTISTS
Celebrating some of Detroit's favorites as well as up and coming artists, the Paradise Valley Stage is right across from the Paradise Valley Park. Urban artists, youtube sensations, broadway stars, DJ's, and more will be performing on this stage to bring in audiences of all musical flavors. If you haven't heard of these artists yet, you sure will know them now!
Detroit born and raised sisters, Anesha and Antea Birchett, comprise the singer/songwriter duo, APLUS. Being products of a city known for its grit, fight and brute, these sisters know what it means to “go hard or go home”. Over a decade they have penned and placed songs with the likes of celebrated industry notables including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Ciara, Mary J Blige and many more. These placements have earned APLUS tremendous respect for their talent and skills.
Madelyn Grant is a young soul and R&B singer who grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and is heavily influenced by Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo. Though Madelyn has just started playing clubs and festivals in the last year, she has written music and collaborated with ODESZA, FKJ, and Emancipator with more collaborations in the works.
One of the first things you notice about young vocalist Rashmi Pandian, or MYNA, is her spirit. Raised in Ann Arbor, the Indian-American alternative hip-hop singer released Lemon Tree (2017) on Soundcloud, essentially launching her career at only age 17. At almost 16,000 plays, "Lemon Tree" from her recently released EP "ROY G BIV" has allowed MYNA to gain fame within not only the Ann Arbor music community, but nationwide as well. MYNA draws comparisons to other artists like Solange, SZA and Jhene Aiko, one of her personal favorite artists.
Alex Way is a singer/songwriter and violinist from Detroit. Her unique style and voice has allowed her to perform in venues all over the country with nationally and internationally renowned artists such as Al McKenzie, Marcus Belgrave, and many others. She recently released her first project, Phases – EP, which encompasses different sides of love from self-love to love of community.
Ideeyah (pronounced ‘idea’) is a Detroit born and bred songstress, songwriter, performer and vessel of healing through her electrifying vocals. Defining her style as “Afro-Electro-Soul”, influenced by house, soul and chill wave, you can find Ideeyah zoning out to a plethora of genres from Alice Coltrane to Zap Mama. Ideeyah’s craft has garnered her mass appeal from her peers in the music world— summoned upon to perform alongside the likes of Monica Blaire, Joi, Erykah Badu, Norma Jean Bell and more!
Charity grew up in Detroit, a city that’s familiar with wounds, but even more familiar with healing. It’s tempting to call Charity a soul singer, but that’s not entirely accurate. Elements of R&B and funk have a place in the songs, too and her lyrics spin tales like only true folk singers can. Charity now focuses on her music and teaches elementary-aged students with academic disabilities. Love, family, civil rights, feminism — all of these topics inspire Charity’s music.
Jon Barfield played professionally during his late teens and early twenties, but he put the horn down when he entered law school. 44 years later he’s playing every day like “back in the day” ! Barfield will be backed by an all-star band with the great Ashton Moore, a Detroit native and rising star in Asia, appearing as lead male vocalist. Ashton’s brilliant singing reminds one of Luther, Marvin and Donny Hathaway. Also excited to announce that Detroit songstress Maurissa Rose (vocalist backing up Ken in the mega-hit “Is it Love”) will rock the house as lead female vocalist!
Life is her lyric, her heartbeat the rhythm, and her soul the melody. Detroit native L’Renee is a singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with honest performances, fusing jazz, pop, soul, and R&B to sing truths about life. She tours globally as a featured performer with award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, Kem (Motown).
DMW PARADISE VALLEY ARCHIVE
2017 PARADISE VALLEY PERFORMERS
KING LYNXX - Zayion McCall & Crew - Elijah J - Melvin Davis - Kendrick Hardaway & The Union - Nick Speed - DMK - Alise King - TANDEM (Bruce Bailey)